AWP 2020 Design – Fulton County ADA & Commons Area Improvement Project

Speakers:  Ellis Kirby and Bill Mason
Company:  Fulton County

Learning Objectives:
1. Provide an overview of the project.
2. Present ideas and strategy in updating old restroom and common area infrastructure in a government complex.
3. Demonstrate focus and innovation in design.

Description of Presentation:

  • Address Barriers to Accessibility for Common Areas
  • Get it Right; Establish protocols to Keep it Right
  • Maintain Court Services during improvements & modifications
  • Focus on Communication, Security, & Public Safety
  • Fulton County . . is a BIG DEAL; It needs to show
  • Common Areas Improvements are a visible reminder of the dedication to customer service . . .. .
  • Transformative Change
  • Design BalanceAchieve both compliance and repositioning goals
  • Make Connections with other Facility Upgrades
  • Cooperate & Share for the Higher Goal

Speaker Biographies:

Ellis Kirby
Deputy COO Infrastructure
Fulton County

As Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Infrastructure, Ellis Kirby is responsible for managing Public Works, Real Estate & Asset Management, and Information Technology, along with roviding strategic alignment with Registration & Elections.

Prior to his appointment to this position in September 2018, Kirby served as the Director of the Department of Real Estate & Asset Management, with responsibility for managing over 5 million square feet of buildings, 200 plus buildings and an operational budget of over $30 million dollars along with a capital plan of over $200 million dollars. He previously served as Regional Vice President for Sodexo’s Campus Division and brings more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure and facilities.

Ellis is a member of numerous trade groups and associations and holds a variety of industry certifications including LEEDS Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Cogeneration Professional (CCP) along with other related certifications. Ellis has been active in community activities that include Rotary, Jaycees, Sertoma and Toastmasters.

Kirby graduated with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Georgia and a Masters of Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Bill Mason
Facilities Program Manager
Fulton County Government


Bill Mason is the Fulton County Department of Real Estate & Asset Management’s Facilities Program Manager. He is responsible for implementation of a $90 million Capital Improvement Program funded by the Fulton County Urban Redevelopment Agency (FCURA) Bond. The Program provides for infrastructure improvements and redevelopment of County owned facilities located in the downtown Urban Redevelopment Area of the City of Atlanta, which includes the Fulton County Justice Center Complex and Government Center.

Bill has a breadth of commercial real estate experience including leasing, project development, and construction management along with asset and property management with publicly traded corporations, REITs, and large private companies. He has performed successfully in project, advisory, and senior management roles in Washington, D.C., Florida, and Atlanta. Before joining Fulton County, Bill was a Vice President with JLL in Baltimore, MD directing the redevelopment and operations of 2.1 million square feet of CBD and suburban properties throughout the Mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast.

Bill began his career in leasing and development in Dallas, Texas with Cadillac Fairview, the Canadian real estate development company, before joining Chicago-based Homart Development in Washington, D.C. He then served in senior property management positions with CBRE (formerly Insignia Financial Group). He later joined the publicly held St. Joe Company as head of asset management and ultimately president of its Atlanta based brokerage subsidiary; and Haskell, a nationally known design-build construction firm.

 He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree (University of Georgia) and a Masters in City Planning & Urban Development (Georgia Institute of Technology).  He has also studied abroad at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.


M. Sean McLendon, AIA

Sean joined Cooper Carry in 1995 and was named Principal in 2008. He serves as a leader of both the Office Workplace Studio and the Government Studio. Sean has 29 years of professional design experience specializing in corporate and institutional offices and headquarters, federal and municipal government facilities, medical offices and mixed-use developments.

Highlights of Sean’s work across his career include:

  • Leading the design of the Northwinds development in Alpharetta, GA, a mixed-use office park on 270 acres that includes 1 million square feet of office space.
  • Designing medical offices such as the Duke Health Raleigh Hospital Medical Plaza in Raleigh, NC, and Northside Hospital Forsyth’s Medical Office Building 5 in Cumming, GA.
  • Leading the design of Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s P-8A Integrated Training Center, a state-of-the-art simulator facility for the Navy.
  • Prior to joining Cooper Carry, serving as lead interior designer for Concourse E at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA.

Sean is also committed to servant leadership as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout himself, he has served at the troop level and as Friends of Scouting campaign chair, and actively serves on the Atlanta Area Council’s Properties Committee. In his position at Cooper Carry he has additionally been responsible for the design of the Atlanta Area Council’s Volunteer Service Center, which was awarded the ULI Small Project of the Year in 2003, as well as master planning and design of multiple new facilities at Bert Adams Scout Reservation and Woodruff Scout Camp.

Sean has a particular interest in data centers, training and simulation centers, integrating mixed-use thinking into medical buildings to improve the patient experience, integrating the latest workplace trends into municipal buildings to improve constituent relations and employee retention, and designing government facilities that are both physically and data secure.